2017 Scrapbook

Lily Hill Park Wassail - Bracknell

14th January 2017

For the first time, we went along to the Lily Hill Park wassail. It was a bit of a challenge as most of the park was completely dark so we chose a location where tehre was a glimmer of light to do some dancing.  We abandoned face-blacking so we had a hope of locating one another, and many donned additional navigation lights

The wassail ended with the usual blessing of the apple orchard, driving off evil spirits etc.

OBJ comprised:
Andy, Ali, Ann, Chris, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie, Giles, Helen, Jane, Joe, Karen, Kelly, Lawre, Mark, Mike, Philip and Sarah

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And here they all are - posed in the car park as it was the least-dark place we could find

Ann's headgear shows that she was bobbing up and down quite quickly.

Or was it camera-shake induced by the cold?

This looks like a warming-up Dilwyn.

Andy and Sarah are facing us

Colin, Phil and Lawre, with Chris and Ann in the background
Happy faces all round

This may be a Bay Horse

Not sure what's happening here, but Chris and Ann are in the foreground
This must be a Worcester Monkey

Helen and Karen are nearest to us

Maybe more Worcester Monkey
You can see the breath in the cold air

Claudia and Helen are facing us

Not sure if the exposure in this one is just right, but it captured the "atmosphere" craeted by the cold air and the headgear

Joe is in the middle of a double Hay-on-Wye
And here is pretty well the same picture

Hay-on-Wye again

Karen facing Kelly

More Hay-on-Wye, and more mist

Hay-on-Wye comes to and end
Joe and Giles in the apple orchard

Cider being poured
The bonfire was a necessity. By then it was freezing!
Not sure what was happening here - we were probably extolling the virtues of the wassail cake
This little girl was selected to bless the apple tree with toast and cider
After driving away evil spirits, we finished with some singing

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